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Photography exhibition comes to Sissinghurst

PUBLISHED: 11:26 18 February 2019

'Morning Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness' by Nigel McCall

'Morning Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness' by Nigel McCall

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Visitors to Sissinghurst this winter can enoy the bonus of an exhibition of garden, plant and landscape photography

Gardening and photography fans can look forward to a feast for the eyes this season as the 11th International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, run by Garden World Images Ltd in association with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, comes to Sissinghurst Castle.

Shortlisted and winning garden, plant, flower and botanical images taken by amateur and professional photographers at locations all around the world are on display in the Oast House from 12 January to 21 March.

'Narcissus Paradise' by Anne Maenurm'Narcissus Paradise' by Anne Maenurm

General Manager Philip Barnes says: “We are really excited to be hosting the exhibition again. Every image has been carefully chosen by a panel of experts to offer a unique perspective on the natural world, and to showcase some truly beautiful scenes shot by highly talented photographers.”

From the quirky and amusing to the wondrous, the photos reflect the everlasting appeal of gardens and the beauty of a green planet.

Awards are given in 11 main categories, including The Beauty of Plants, Wildlife in the Garden and Wildflower Landscapes. There is also a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 16s and a mobile phone-only section, ‘Gardens on the Go’.

Winner: Carado Sunrise by Marcio CabralWinner: Carado Sunrise by Marcio Cabral

More to see

As well as the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is free to view after normal admission, there is plenty more to see and do at Sissinghurst Castle Garden this winter and spring. A team of local floral designers has created a series of ‘upside-down’ dried flower garden and floral displays, which have been placed all around the exhibition room.

The garden at Sissinghurst, designed by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson in the mid-20th century, is also open for expert-led guided tours every weekend between 12 January and 24 February.

Learn about different ‘rooms’, including the Rose Garden, the White Garden, the Herb Garden and the Nuttery, a haven for birds and visitors alike that’s full of cobnut and hazelnut trees.

The garden will also be open during February half term, offering the perfect opportunity to get the family out for a walk in the fresh air and enjoy the emerging early spring flowers, including tulips, hyacinths and fritillaries in the Lime Walk.

Find out more

To find out about other exhibitions and events at the National Trust in Kent this winter and spring, please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast.

More on the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition at: www.igpoty.com.

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